"Blessings Through the Word"

Rev. Lightsey's Message

Rev. Sharen K. Lightsey

Let Them See the Love

Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.” (John 13:34-35)

“If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. (John 14:15)

Love. We use this word so often that we ignore the full impact of what it means. Very simply God is love. But at the same time, He shows or demonstrates His love toward us by what He does. This was the new way of love that Jesus was communicating to His disciples. When Jesus gave this new command to the disciples, He was taking them to another level in love. He was empowering them to conduct themselves in a specific way. He demonstrated to them what this love looked like.

In John 13, Jesus expressed this love by first washing the disciples’ feet. This love was of humility and service. What was Jesus demonstrating? Love is about being humble and serving others even when there might be someone whom you knowingly will not appreciate that love. Remember, Jesus washed Judas Iscariot’s feet knowing he was about to betray him. When Jesus was finished demonstrating this aspect of love, He gave them a short quiz by asking them “Do you know what I’ve done to you”? (13:12b).  For I have set you an example, so that you may do as I have done to you.” (13:15)

Christ continues His lesson on love by telling them that in the same way He has shown his love for them, they ought to continue that same pattern in showing love for each other. This will allow others to see that they are His disciples- by showing (demonstrating) love for each other.

No doubt there are numerous religions and beliefs that exist. This is not new. They have always existed even from the time of Abraham. If you recall, God called Abraham from following different gods, to introducing Himself as the only true God. Joshua admonished the people of Israel before His death by challenging them to choose the God they would serve. He put it like this: “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God.” (Joshua 24:15)

Christ emphasized love. That is the difference between following Christ, and other religions. The body of Christ sets the bar in loving each other. The world recognizes that we are followers of Christ by the way we love each other. Christ set the example. If we follow His example, people will know who our God is. When we love our God, we do what He says.

This new standard of love is continuous. It passes from person to person from generation to generation. It’s a love that is purposeful, intentional, humble, forgiving, kind, etc. Challenge yourself today. Are you letting them see the love you have for other believers? If not, love on purpose. Love intentionally. Do it because Christ said so. It really isn’t about our feelings or even about who is deserving. It’s about following Christ’s example. We are the light in the world. Lights are not hidden, but set out for all to see. My brothers and sisters, let them see the love.



Rev. Sharen K. Lightsey




















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